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Continuing care neighborhood offers seamless care at Highland Springs

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June 28th, 2016
Following a hospital stay, Highland Springs resident Mike Broeker (front) recovered in the community’s continuing care neighborhood, where he worked with therapists (from left) Leah Eustace, Cristina Araiza, and Terry Stegman.

Following a hospital stay, Highland Springs resident Mike Broeker (front) recovered in the community’s continuing care neighborhood, where he worked with therapists (from left) Leah Eustace, Cristina Araiza, and Terry Stegman.

When Mike and Cheryl Broeker began considering a move to a retirement community, the Lewisville, Tex., couple knew they wanted to land somewhere that offered the full continuum of care on-site.

“I knew it was a possibility that I would need continuing care services, so we wanted to be sure it was available,” says Mike, who had three back surgeries, in 2005, 2008, and 2011, and was diagnosed with a buildup of amyloids, or fibrous protein deposits, a rare condition that affects his muscular system.

The couple was drawn to Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas, for its abundant amenities and on-site continuing care neighborhood, which earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Continuing care at Highland Springs offers assisted living, post-acute rehabilitation, long-term care, and memory care. Outpatient rehabilitation includes physical, speech, and occupational therapy.

Move first, sell later

Mike retired in April 2012 after a 32-year career with Kubota Tractor Corporation. That same year, the couple joined the priority list at Highland Springs, putting down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

“We joined the priority list with the intent that we would move at some point in the future,” says Mike. “We wanted to plan for ourselves and not put our children in the position of having to make that decision.”

In 2014, Highland Springs announced the construction of a new residence building, Willow Ridge.

“We liked the idea of having a new apartment, so we reserved a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Newberry-style apartment with a den and a screened-in porch,” says Mike.

The couple settled into their new apartment at Highland Springs on May 27, 2015, opting to move before listing their Lewisville house.

“We knew the Dallas housing market was strong, and it worked well for us to move before we sold our home,” says Mike. “We listed our home in July and had three offers over asking price one day after it hit the market.”

The couple’s confidence in Dallas’ strong housing market was well founded. According to Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, Dallas home prices are at an all-time high. December 2015’s year-over-year home price increase was among the five largest gains in the country.

Continuing care when it’s needed

Shortly after Mike and Cheryl celebrated their first holiday season in their new home, Mike’s health took a turn.

“I became dehydrated and developed pneumonia,” says Mike. “I spent seven days in the hospital before I was released to the continuing care neighborhood at Highland Springs.”

The couple’s foresight in choosing a continuing care community was a critical component of Mike’s recovery.

“It took me a few days after I left the hospital to fully appreciate the care I was receiving, but I soon realized I was in the best possible place for my recovery,” he says. “The staff is extremely knowledgeable, and they use all their skill and talent to help you achieve the goals you set for yourself.”

Mike worked with the rehabilitation team, including a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a speech and language pathologist to regain his strength so he could return to independent living.

“It was great to have the continuing care neighborhood right here at Highland Springs,” he says. “Cheryl stayed in our independent living apartment, and it was easy for her to come over and see me.”

Mike says his own motivation, combined with an intensive, targeted rehabilitation regimen, was instrumental in his recovery.

“My goal was to be independent, safe, and mobile,” says Mike. “The therapists worked on my core strength as well as my fine motor skills. They gave me the confidence I needed to push forward.”

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